Archive for Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Burglar strikes parking lot of senior housing complex, steals Christmas gifts

December 19, 2006

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Babcock Place resident Dorothy Ingersoll looks through items in her car Monday afternoon. Ingersoll's car was broken into during the weekend, but nothing was stolen. Another resident of Babcock Place had $100 worth of Christmas gifts stolen from his car. Ingersoll said she had heard of two more residents whose cars were burglarized.

Babcock Place resident Dorothy Ingersoll looks through items in her car Monday afternoon. Ingersoll's car was broken into during the weekend, but nothing was stolen. Another resident of Babcock Place had $100 worth of Christmas gifts stolen from his car. Ingersoll said she had heard of two more residents whose cars were burglarized.

A burglar or burglars struck the parking lot of a senior citizens' housing complex during the weekend and stole $100 worth of Christmas presents from one resident's car, according to police reports.

"It's not right," said Ronald Devers, 60, who said he came down to his hatchback Saturday morning at Babcock Place, 1700 Mass., and found his door ajar and gifts of toy cars and clothing for his two grandsons missing from inside. "I cussed a little bit."

Dorothy Ingersoll, 80, said her Ford Escort also was burglarized but that nothing appeared missing.

"I didn't have anything in there that could be of any use to anybody. They just rummaged through looking for something," she said.

The thefts happened between 4:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Saturday, according to police reports.

Ingersoll said she'd heard of at least two other residents, in addition to Devers and herself, who had their cars burglarized, but reports from those cases weren't available Monday.

Babcock Place is operated by the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority and is tailored for senior citizens.

Comments

Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years, 4 months ago

Lazy coward bum, stealing is wrng anyway but to steal from the elderly who are on fixed incomes and now they can not even do the little they did shame shame shame. go out and get a job like the rest of us hard working stiffs.

sublime 8 years, 4 months ago

Thats wack.Seems like every time I look at ljworld I read about thieves.We need harsher punishment for thieves.

Adrienne Sanders 8 years, 4 months ago

I wonder if the car was unlocked... it says he found the door ajar, not that he found the window busted in.

coolmom 8 years, 4 months ago

although they shouldnt leave packages in the car for some of our older residents it is hard to carry things. i agree that the penalties for theft should be stronger as it is not the victimless crime people try to make it out to be. kids toys? how do you get your dealer to take that?

Wilbur_Nether 8 years, 4 months ago

OK, I'll bite. In what ways is saying that leaving "packages in plain view in a car as doing so only invites theft" not shifting responsibility to the victim?

Adrienne Sanders 8 years, 4 months ago

I think people have responsibility to take reasonable precautions not become victims. Think of it this way- when you get in the car, you have the responsibility to reduce your risk of injury by wearing your seat belt. If someone hits you, it's not your fault, but you can't say "I didn't need to wear the seatbelt b/c I didn't cause the wreck."

Same kinda thing- if someone robs you, it's not your fault, but you still should prevent it if you can. Just put your stuff in the trunk, FGS.

sublime 8 years, 4 months ago

I have an idea. Leave Christmas gifts in you car, in plain sight with your doors unlocked. Make it easy to steal.When the gifts come up missing you can laugh to your self knowing that you gift wrapped several boxs of dried up dog sh!t.I guess cat sh!t would work too.

pagan_idolator 8 years, 4 months ago

Thanks Sublime! I'm a wrappin' away right now! Set mouse traps would be cool if you could get them to not go off before they open the gift and stick their hand in.

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